12 things KCOM is doing for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture

Friday 12 May 2017

12 things KCOM is doing for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture

Well, it’s been a heck of a ride so far.

Hull’s year in the spotlight as the UK City of Culture has already delivered plenty of wow moments – from the spectacle of the stunning Made In Hull opening week to the arrival of Blade, the Sea of Hull exhibition, the Flood experience and Hull Truck’s barnstorming comedy The Hypocrite.

And there’s plenty more to come.

Hundreds of thousands of people have visited Hull – many for the first time - and there’s an undeniable buzz about the city as visitors discover its many hidden, and not so hidden, delights.

As a Principal Partner for Hull 2017, KCOM is enjoying the City of Culture as much as anyone and loving seeing Hull portrayed in such a positive light across the UK. Finally the UK is seeing what we already knew, that Hull is a great place to live, work and play.

But did you know how KCOM is supporting UK City of Culture year and getting involved in the celebrations?

No? Here are a dozen things KCOM is doing as part of 2017 that may surprise you. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

1) We’ve provided 2017 Welcome Pod in Paragon Station with Lightstream ultrafast broadband so visitors to Hull can find out exactly where to go and what great events are happening in the UK City of Culture.

2) We’ve provided free public Wi-Fi at Hull City Hall for major 2017 events including the Women Of The World Festival and John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux.

3) We’ve named all of our 95 vans after great figures from Hull’s past and present who have contributed something special to life in the city. Watch out for vans named after everyone from William Wilberforce to Mick Ronson, Jean “Bee Lady” Bishop and footballing hero Nick Barmby.

4) KCOM has more City of Culture volunteers than any other company. That means there are 32 KCOM employees dressed up in the highly recognisable “scandalous blue” jackets helping visitors at 2017 events.

5) We’ve given away more than 1,500 cream K6 phone box keyrings as part of the Made In Hull season, celebrating Hull’s unique history and heritage.

6) Spencer Tunick’s Sea Of Hull mass blue, naked art installation made headlines around the world in 2016. KCOM commissioned and paid for an official eight-minute film that commemorates the event. So far the film’s been viewed more than 100,000 times on social media and can be watched in person at the Ferens Art Gallery as part of the exhibition.

7) Fancy an educational stroll around Hull’s historic sites? Then why not take KCOM’s city centre trail around its famous K6 cream telephone boxes? The trail will take you from the Marina, around the city’s old walls and past some of Hull’s most illustrious past residents – all in the name of culture.

8) We’ve provided the fastest free public Wi-Fi in the city at the new Humber Street Gallery.

9) Want to enjoy the pop megastars at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, but don’t want to leave your sofa? KCOM is providing the BBC with direct internet access that will allow fans to follow the event on Radio 1, on BBC iPlayer, online and on BBC Four. Who got the power Little Mix?

10) This summer we’re launching a writing competition for youngsters to tie in with the launch of the Children’s Laureate and East Park’s Big Malarkey Festival. Can you continue the story? If you can then there are big prizes to be won.

11) For the spectacular Flood performance staged at Victoria Dock, we provided the outdoor Wi-Fi that enabled closed captioning for the deaf and audio description services for the visually impaired.

12) For the mega-popular 2017 Hullywood Icons project, three members of the KCOM team recreated their favourite movie moment that were then projected onto the sides of various Hull buildings. In case you missed it, we were Ghostbusters, King Kong and Ursula Andress in THAT bikini.